6/28/01 -- Press Release re: Announcement of Fall Remembrance Tour
INTERNATIONAL RECORDING STAR JOHN McDERMOTT
ANNOUNCES FALL VETERANSí TOUR
June 28, 2001 ñ World-renowned entertainer John McDermott, a champion of veteransí causes, announced this weekend that he will embark on a tour throughout Canada and the United States in a tribute to the men, women, and families who selflessly sacrificed a part of their lives in service for freedom and democracy. The September 15th through November 16th 2001 REMEMBRANCE TOUR will create a meaningful national reminder of the proud legacy of service that is an undeniable part of our heritage.
May 1999 marked the release of John's eighth album, Remembrance. Since then, the album has become part of a national groundswell of awareness about veteransí causes, signified by the National World War II Memorial Campaign, the 25th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and the present-day sacrifices made by the crewmen and women of the U.S.S. Cole.
John McDermott has continued his work on behalf of veterans through even the busiest years of his career. In May, he appeared in the National Memorial Concert special on public television. This public television production honors those who served the nation in times of war. In February of 2001, John received the Chapel of Four Chaplainís Humanitarian Award, whichseeks to honor those who are dedicated to keeping alive the ideals embodied in the sacrifice of four clergymen who died in the sinking of a troopship during World War II. Additionally, the Congressional Medial of Honor Society will present John in September with the prestigious ìBob Hope Awardî. On October 12th, 2000, John attended the official opening of the Hope McDermott Day Program Center at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Boston, MA. The Hope McDermott Day Program Center is the first of what John's hopes to be many program centers across the country that helps veterans make the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
September 15 Boston, MA Fleet Boston Pavillon
September 18 Victoria, BC Royal Theatre
September 20 Kelowna, BC Community Theatre
September 22 Kamloops, BC Sagebrush Theatre
September 24 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre
September 26 Calgary, AB Performing Arts Ctr.
September 27 Medicine Hat, AB College Theatre
September 29 Red Deer, AB Memorial Centre
September 30 Saskatoon, SK Centennial Auditorium
October 1 Regina, SK Centre of the Arts
October 2 Yorkton, SK Anne Portnuff Theatre
October 3 Winnipeg, MB Concert Hall
October 4 Brandon, MB Centennial Auditorium
October 10 Lindsay, ON Academy Theatre
October 11 Chatham, ON Cultural Centre
October 12 London, ON Centennial Hall
October 13 Kingsville, ON Migration Hall
October 14 Brantford, ON Sanderson Centre
October 15 Kitchener, ON Centre in the Square
October 19 & 20 Media, PA Media Theatre
October 21 Erie, PA Mary DíAngelo Perf. Arts Centre
October 25 Aurora, IL Paramount Arts Ctr.
October 26 Zanesville, OH Secrest Auditorium
October 28 Green Bay, WI Norbert College
November 1 Troy, NY Troy Music Hall
November 2 Concord, NH Capitol Center
November 3 New Britain, CT Central Conn. State Univ.
November 4 Worcester, MA Mechanics Hall
November 10 New Brunswick, NJ N.J. State Theatre
November 11 Washington, DC Various Appearances
November 13 Carlisle, PA Army War College
November 15 Wilmington, NC Thalian Hall
November 16 Brevard, NC Porter Ctr. for the Arts
"The Veterans population is virtually ignored outside of one day a year," John explains, "So much of the music I sing really speaks to the veterans' experience and I feel a great deal of respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line for the sake of their country." John McDermott is excited by the immense opportunity not only to honor veterans and raise awareness, but also to raise funds for local veteransí charities.
A chance discovery at the age of 39 led this one-time circulation manager for the Toronto Sun to a musical career that has thus far included nine releases, three platinum records, five Juno nominations (the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Grammy) and a solid touring schedule including upcoming Canadian and U.S. tours, and a solo PBS special scheduled to air in March 2002. For more information about John McDermott, please visit www.johnmcdermott.com.